Issaquah High School tennis team nets home opener

September 9, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 9, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys tennis team finally got a chance to play a match on the school grounds Thursday and the Eagles flew by visiting Garfield 6-1. Because of construction last year, the Eagles played all their home matches and Tibbetts Valley Park.

Issaquah won three of four singles and swept the doubles en route to its victory. Evan Cheung, of Issaquah, won the No. 1 singles match with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Jared Storz. John Brendel and Matt Gorn, of Issaquah, teamed to take the No. 1 doubles match with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Andrew Schwartz and Jacob Wall.

In other 4A KingCo Conference action, Skyline fell to Roosevelt 4-3. Roosevelt won all the singles. Brayden Hansen and Alex Wu, of Skyline, took the No. 1 doubles with a 6-3, 6-0 victory against Mitchell Overton and Daniel Yang.

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Runners take to Cougar Mountain for 8.2-mile run

June 14, 2011

A fleet of runners took to the second race of the annual Cougar Mountain Trail Run series June 11, led by 39-year-old Uli Steidl, who took first place in the 8.2-mile run with a time of 51 minutes and 31 seconds.

Amber Taylor comes into the final stretch of the 8.2-mile run on Cougar Mountain on June 11. Taylor was the first woman to finish, placing 39th with a time of 1 hour, 7 minutes and 35 seconds. By Tim Pfarr

Peter Samuels, a 24-year-old sporting a purple T-shirt, took second with a time of 52:01, and Amber Taylor, 31, was the first female to cross the finish line, taking 39th place with a time of 1:07:25.

The youngest runner of the day was 14-year-old Ellie Hendrickson, who finished 70th with a time of 1:12:33. Conversely, the oldest runner was 62-year-old Chris Lemke, who finished 82nd with a time of 1:15:07.

A total of 239 runners took to the hilly course, which was slightly longer than in previous years, as it opened with a loop at the Sky Country Trailhead.

“The guy who finished second, he took it out really hard,” Steidl said. “He actually dropped me on the first climb.”

Steidl managed to catch Samuels — who won the May 14 five-mile race — farther down the course, and the two ran closely until Steidl managed to pull away.

“After I had a little bit of a gap, I switched more to tempo run mode,” Steidl said. “Every time I looked back at a switchback I thought, ‘There’s a purple shirt. I’ve got to keep it up.’”

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Football cedes spotlight as other sports reach milestones, memories

December 28, 2010

Skyline High School swimmers Nina Zook, Katie Kinnear, Jessie Dart and Maria Volodkevich (from left) celebrate their 200-yard medley relay team state 4A swim championship victory Nov. 13 in Federal Way. By Greg Farrar

Football often dominates the sports scene at Skyline High School, with good reason. The Spartans have won five state football championships in 10 years. Read more

Top-ranked Spartans cruise to first-round win

November 10, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Nov. 10, 2010

The Skyline High School girls soccer team moved into the top spot of this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings. Then Tuesday, the Spartans validated their status with a 5-0 victory against visiting Mount Rainier in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament.

Skyline, vying for a third straight 4A state title, hosts KingCo Conference rival Woodinville on Saturday in the quarterfinals.

The Spartans, 17-0-0, blasted Mount Rainier for three first-half goals.

Junior forward Michelle Bretl scored her first high-school hat track. She has four goals in the postseason and leads the Spartans with 15 goals for the season.

Madi Barney headed a Maddie Christ cornerkick into the net to put the Spartans ahead 1-0 at 10:30. Bretl, assisted by Makenzie Malsam, scored her first goal 30 seconds later. Bretl knocked in a penalty kick at the 30th minute to give Skyline a 3-0 halftime lead.

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Liberty wins first district title to qualify for state

November 2, 2010

Liberty girls’ cross country team members run with other 3A Sea-King District teams Oct. 28 at Lower Woodland Park. The Patriots took the team title with 78 points, with Aimee Christensen, Megan Chucka, Rachel Shaw, Allie Wood and Amy Broska packed within four seconds of each other in the top 20. By Michael Smith

A promise is a promise. Liberty High School cross country coach Michael Smith kept his Oct. 28 after the Patriots’ girls team captured the 3A Sea-King District title.

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Maywood student picked for Youth All-American Bowl

October 29, 2010

NEW — 12:05 p.m. Oct. 29, 2010

Cody Baker, an eighth-grader from Issaquah, has been selected to play in the 2011 Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl Jan. 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

A special jersey presentation is scheduled for halftime Friday at the Liberty High School football game. The game starts at 7 p.m.

Baker will play defensive end for the West team in the eighth-grade, no-weight-limit game. Currently, the Maywood Middle School student plays for the 5 Star Cougars of the Greater Eastside Junior Football Association. Baker began playing football in 2006 at age 9 and he is also a basketball and baseball player.

Pitting the nation’s top seventh- and eighth-graders against each another in an all-star format, the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl brings together the top youth talent in the nation.

The bowl will be webcast live at Football University and here.

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Patriots advance to district championships

October 26, 2010

Junior Tyler Westenbroek (left) and senior Scott Turner lead the Liberty boys team in the KingCo 3A Conference championships at Lake Sammamish State Park Oct. 21. They finished 10th and 11th, respectively. By Tim Pfarr

Thanks to strong performances at the 3A KingCo Conference championships at Lake Sammamish State Park Oct. 21, the Liberty High School girls and boys cross country teams advanced to the district championships, which will be at Green Lake in Seattle Oct. 28.

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Liberty High School captures girls soccer title

October 22, 2010

NEW — 1:15 p.m. Oct. 22, 2010

Kiana Hafferty scored seven minutes in the second overtime Thursday to give the Liberty High School girls soccer team a 3-2 triumph against Juanita in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference battle. With the victory, Liberty, 10-0-2, clinched the league championship.

Whitney Cain, assisted by Hafferty, scored Liberty’s first goal at the fifth minute. Kimi Fry scored the Patriots’ second goal at the 10th minute. Liberty held a 2-1 lead at halftime.

The Patriots’ next game is Oct. 26 at home against Mercer Island.

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Issaquah volleyball team overcomes Eastlake

October 19, 2010

The unbeaten Issaquah High School volleyball team overcame an upset-minded Eastlake squad Oct. 13 to win the 4A KingCo Conference match 3-1.

Eastlake entered the match at Issaquah having just one league victory. However, the Wolves gave Issaquah a tough time in two of the games.

Issaquah won the first game 25-15, but Eastlake took the second game 25-23. The Eagles held off Eastlake 28-26 in the third game and wrapped up the match by winning the fourth game 25-15.

Sarah Hanna led Issaquah with 28 kills, 18 digs and four aces. Sam Rogers contributed 13 kills and three blocks. Setter Riley Sorenson had 61 assists and 13 digs. Libero Alexa Batiquin had 20 digs.

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Liberty High Schools girls race to another win

October 14, 2010

NEW — 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14, 2010

The Liberty High School girls cross country team placed seven runners among the top 10 finishers Wednesday to gallop away to an easy victory in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference meet at Mercer Island’s Luther Burbank Park.

Amy Broska, of Liberty, finished first in the 3.1-mile race in 19 minutes, 16 seconds. Teammate Megan Chucka was a close third in 19:18. Allie Wood, Michaela Chucka and Rachel Shaw, all of Liberty, finished fifth, sixth and seventh respectively. Aimee Christenson was ninth and Megan Larson took 10th for the Patriots.

Liberty took first place with 22 points. Host Mercer Island was third with 43 points and Mount Si ended up third with 70 points.

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